On the weekend of Sept 23rd, through the 25th, our troop attended and actively participated in the Great Alaska Council’s Fall Camporee. We had 15 Scouts and 6 Adults attend the camporee the first night, and then 3 adults stayed the second night.
We spent most of our time outside competing in various Roman Gladiator events. For the first couple of days we had nice weather, but it started to rain the second night around 9pm while we were at our campsite gathered around the campfire. Unfortunately, some of the younger scouts didn’t prepare their tents properly, so they learned firsthand what happens when you don’t properly prepare a tent and then it rains. A few of the scouts woke up in a puddle of water!
We arrived on Friday evening where we set-up our campsite, ate our prepared foil meals, and met some campers from the other Alaska Troops. On Saturday, we woke early, ate breakfast, and then participated in events and contests that had a Roman Gladiator theme. The events we competed in involved designing, building and then launching our trebuchet designed catapult for distance and then again for accuracy. Then we designed and used a friction bridge in an event where two scouts must be able to cross the friction bridge. Other events were the “human ladder”, “Aqueduct Building”, “Don’t Kill the Messenger”, “Matchless Fire Starting”, “Chariot Racing”, “Obstacle Course”, and “Tug of War”. We also participated in the Fall Camporee Service Project, where we built a trail to hike on. Our troop won 2 of the 12 events we competed in.
The highlight of the Fall Camporee was when we got to play with foam swords Greg brought. We organized fencing competitions and other troops came over and participated. That was a lot of fun.
Overall, we had good weather, good food, and proved that we work well in team competitions. The 2016 Fall Camporee was fun.
A big thank you to Mr. Midlo, Mr. Arntz, Mr. Blaum, and Mr. Gray for supervising the boys while they participated in the Gladiator Games (Fall Jamboree). We had 15 Scouts participate, two of which are Eagle Scout candidates. We had lots of help with the trebuchet and the chariot. If anyone took any pictures during the camporee please share them with Lou via email or dropbox. In our picture this week we have Perry our SPL with Jonathan, Eldon, David, and Elijah having some post meeting fun.
On the weekend of May 13th, through the 15th, our troop attended and actively participated in the Great Alaska Council’s Spring Camporee. We had 18 Scouts and 5 Adults attend this campout. We spent most of our time outside competing in various Lumberjack events, so it was great that the weather was bright, sunny and warm the entire weekend.
We arrived on Friday evening where we set-up our campsite, had snacks and met campers from the 10 other Alaska Troops. On Saturday, we woke early, had a pancake breakfast, sang songs, and participated in a costume contest. After lunch we competed in the Lumberjack events, followed by a Cast Iron Chef cooking competition that some of the troops and patrols competed in. Participants in the Cast Iron Chef competition made Lasagna in a Dutch Oven.
Our troop won 3 of the 13 events we competed in. Our troop won awards in the Nail Driving competition, Caber Toss, and Log Leapfrog. Sam Strickland was awarded the Lumberjack award. When we weren’t competing in the events, scouts from our troop worked on our accuracy and skills in throwing knives and axes. We learned that Troop 219 worked great as a team in the Nail Driving competition.
Overall, we had great weather, good food, and proved that we work well in team competitions. The 2016 Spring Camporee was a great success.